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Encyclopedia > Canadian federal election, 1958


Politics of Canada


The 24th general election was held just nine months after the 23rd and transformed Prime Minister John Diefenbaker's minority into the largest ever majority government in Canadian history.


Diefenbaker had called a snap election to capitalize on two factors:

  • nationally: the Liberals had just chosen a new leader, Lester Pearson, who, though well known around the world because of his work for the United Nations, was not well known by Canadians.

National results


Party Party Leader # of candidates Seats Popular Vote
Previous After % Change # % Change
Progressive Conservative John Diefenbaker 265 111 208 +87.4% 3,908,633 53.66% +14.85%
Liberal Lester B. Pearson 264 104 49 -53.8% 2,432,953 33.40% -7.35%
Cooperative Commonwealth M.J. Coldwell 169 25 8 -68.0% 692,668 9.51% -1.20%
Liberal-Labour   1 1 1 - 11,956 0.16% -
Social Credit Solon Low 82 19 - 188,356 2.59% -3.99%
Independent   9 2 - 14,211 0.20% -0.87%
Independent Liberal   10 2 - 12,054 0.17% -1.25%
Labour Progressive Tim Buck 18 - - 9,769 0.13% +0.02%
Candidats des électeurs Réal Caouette 1 - - 8,276 0.11% -0.01%
Independent PC   5 1 - 2,097 0.03% -0.19%
Socialist   2 - - 1,113 0.02% n.a.
Capital familial H-G Grenier 1 - - 968 0.01% n.a.
Radical chrétien   1 - - 687 0.01% n.a.
Independent SC
1 - - 361 x -0.04%
Ouvrier canadien   1 - - 243 x n.a.
Independent Conservative   1 - - 122 x n.a.
Total   831 265 265 - 7,284,467 100.00%  
Sources: http://www.elections.ca History of Federal Ridings since 1867 (http://www.parl.gc.ca/information/about/process/house/hfer/hfer.asp?Language=E)


Notes:


"Previous" refers to to standings at previous election, not to standings in the House of Commons at dissolution.


n.a. = not applicable - the party was not recognized in the previous election


x - less than 0.005% of the popular vote


Results by province


Party Name BC AB SK MB ON QC NB NS PE NL NW YK Total
Progressive Conservative Seats: 18 17 16 14 67 50 7 12 4 2 1 _ 208
Popular Vote: 49.4 59.9 51.4 56.7 56.4 49.6 54.1 57.0 62.2 45.2 54.5 42.8 53.7
Liberal Seats: - - - - 14 25 3 - - 5 1 - 48
Vote: 16.1 13.7 19.6 21.6 32.1 45.6 43.4 38.4 37.5 54.4 43.3 57.2 33.4
Cooperative Commonwealth Seats: 4 - 1 - 3 - - - - -     8
Vote: 24.5 4.4 28.4 19.6 10.5 2.3 1.8 4.5 0.3 0.2     9.5
Liberal-Labour Seats:         1               1
Vote:         0.5               0.2
Total Seats   22 17 17 14 85 75 10 12 4 7 1 1 265
Parties that won no seats:
Social Credit Vote: 9.6 21.6 0.4 1.8 0.3 0.6 0.7           2.6
Independent Vote:     xx xx 0.1 0.6             0.2
Independent Liberal Vote:           0.6       0.2     0.2
Labour Progressive Vote: 0.4 0.3 0.1 0.4 0.1 0.1             0.1
C. des électeurs Vote:           0.4             0.1
Independent PC Vote:   0.1     0.1               xx
Socialist Vote:         xx xx             xx
Capitale familiale Vote:           xx             xx
Radical chrétien Vote:           xx             xx
Independent SC Vote:   0.1                     xx
Ouvrier canadien Vote:           xx             xx
Ind. Conservative Vote:                     2.3   xx


xx - less than 0.05% of the popular vote

Preceded by:
1957 federal election

Canadian federal elections

Followed by:
1962 federal election


 
 

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